Norman, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma women’s gymnastics suffered a 196.775-195.675 defeat to No. 5 Iowa State in the Big 12 opener. The No. 9 Sooners (7-6) had higher team scores on the bars and floor, but struggled on vault and beam. It was OU’s first loss at home under head coach Steve Nunno.
“I thought the girls really rallied today and did a great job trying to come back in this one,” said Nunno. “They especially did well on the floor exercise and had a real nice bars routine too. Those are our two strong events and we need to upgrade on beam.”
OU started off with a 48.325 on vault and Iowa State jumped out to an early lead with a 49.250 on their first event, the uneven bars. The Sooners closed some of that gap in the next rotation with a 49.375 on their bars’ routine, but the Cyclones had a 49.175 on floor. OU finished off with a 48.650 to ISU’s 49.075 on beam and a 49.325 to ISU’s 49.275 on the floor.
Senior co-captain Kasie Tamayo was tied for first beam (9.900), uneven bars (9.925) and on floor (9.875). Also taking first was junior Erin LaBarr and freshman Ashley Cooney tying Tamayo on the floor exercise. Cooney also had a 9.775 on vault, tied for fifth.
LaBarr’s 9.875 topped her previous career-high of 9.850. She also finished third in the all-around with a solid 39.400 which included top-five finishes in all four events.
“Erin has been looking good in practice and doing some new things,” said Nunno. “Today I felt like Erin was really stepping it up and trying to take the lead out there.”
Sophomore Melissa Smith tied her career-high on the uneven bars with a 9.850 and senior Karina Agafonova set a new career mark on the vault with a 9.850.
The Sooners return to action with another Big 12 opponent at home, Nebraska, on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Lloyd Noble Center.